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Carl Cox is an electronic dance music icon and a living legend. The Barbados-born, London-raised, Melbourne-based DJ-producer has been at the forefront of house and techno music since the beginning, and even after ending his 15-year run as a resident at Ibiza’s Space in 2016, the 55-year-old continues to be a presence at superclubs around the world. Dubbed the “Three Deck Wizard” for his mixing prowess on an unusual—and difficult to master—set up, Cox is known for his high-energy, hip-hop-influenced approach to DJing. “I’ll play something as obscure as you like, which you can’t find on Shazam, and then tip into something that you may know or you might’ve heard, or even a very popular tune,” Cox told Australia’s inthemix last year. “But that’s the reason why you go out: to hear music you don’t hear on MTV, your local radio, or even what’s on the charts.” And in the era of pre-recorded DJ sets and digital automation, that’s why seeing DJs like Carl Cox is still essential. Read more>>> Carl Cox performs at 9 p.m. at Echostage, 2135 Queens Chapel Road NE. $30–$40. (202) 503-2330. echostage.com. (Chris Kelly)
OH AND ALSO
Friday: Rising alt-country band American Aquarium performs at 9:30 Club. 6 p.m. at 815 V St. NW. $25.
Friday: Keegan Theatre presents the world premiere of Other Life Forms, a new play about two roommates who decide to give online dating a try and learn a lot about relating to other humans in the process. 8 p.m. at 1742 Church St. NW. $35–$45.
Saturday: In the aftermath of keyboardist Carey Lander’s death from a rare bone cancer in 2015, longtime indie darlings and MP3 blog-era survivors Camera Obscura couldn’t yet bear the thought of reforming the group without their beloved bandmate. Instead, lead singer Tracyanne Campbell began to more seriously pursue a collaboration with Crybaby’s Danny Coughlan, which both had been discussing since Crybaby became a regular opener for Camera Obscura in 2013. The result, the album Tracyanne & Danny, is a must-listen for fans of either band. Campbell and Coughlan’s shared affection for ’60s pop is on full display across 10 songs that gleam and shimmer. Campbell’s voice proves as singular and comforting as ever, pairing well with Coughlan’s. They take their time on each song. Listeners won’t find the pep of Camera Obscura, but rather space for guitars and lyrics to stretch out and sway. At times it seems like both are cautious and feeling out this new path, but Campbell’s return is welcome and feels full of promise. Read more>>> Tracyanne & Danny perform at 8 p.m. at Union Stage, 740 Water St. SW. $20–$30. (877) 987-6487. unionstage.com. (Justin Weber)
Saturday: Cold Cave, the synth-pop project of Wesley Eisold, performs at Black Cat. 8 p.m. at 1811 14th St. NW. $15–$18.
Saturday: Singer and Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr., jazz saxophonist Maceo Parker, and jazz supergroup R+R=Now perform at DC JazzFest at The Wharf. 7 p.m. at 901 Wharf St. SW. $75–$140.
Sunday: His name is Alexander Hamilton, and there’s a million things he hasn’t done—but he’s good on museum exhibitions. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning colonial hype-beast Hamilton opens its run at the Kennedy Center this month, finally bringing to the nation’s capital the best Broadway show around about the founding of the nation’s capital. In the run-up to Hamilton-pocalypse, at least five area museums and cultural institutions prepared exhibitions on the Ten-Dollar Founding Father, from a survey on his contemporaneous media footprint at the George Washington University Museum to a display of his letters at the Library of Congress. The sickest of these shows may be Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon at the National Postal Museum, which includes stamps, portraits, and mail sent and signed by him. True colonial finance nerds will jump at a chance to study a 1774 edition of Malachy Postlethwayt and Jacques Savary des Brûlons’ Universal Dictionary of Trade and Commerce, a critical reference for the first secretary of the treasury. The rest of us will be in line to see the dueling pistols used in Hamilton’s slaughter. Spoiler alert: Hamilton was shot and killed by his political rival, Aaron Burr, who went on to raise a secret army to wage war against Spain in Mexico and narrowly avoided charges of treason during the Jefferson administration. Where’s that hip-hopera? Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to March 3, 2019 at the National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE. Free. (202) 633-1000. postalmuseum.si.edu. (Kriston Capps)
Sunday: Legendary Cleveland rap group Bone Thugs-N-Harmony performs at Fillmore Silver Spring. 8 p.m. at 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $33.
Sunday: The Freer Gallery of Art continues its run of Spreading the World: Buddhist Art in Japan, an exhibition highlighting the devout Buddhists who were revered in Japan. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Jefferson Drive and 12th Street SW. Free.
OFFICE OF FUTURE PLANNING
Tickets are on sale now for Irish singer-songwriter Hozier, performing at the Lincoln Theater on Oct. 2. 8 p.m. at 1215 U St. NW. $45.
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